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John Harvey Kellogg


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No single individual influenced American eating habits during the early twentieth century more than Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (1852–1943). Born in Tyrone, Michigan, one of sixteen children, Kellogg studied medicine at Bellevue Hospital College in New York and in 1876 was asked to manage the Western Reform Institute in Battle Creek, Michigan. The Institute was a small health clinic specializing in hydrotherapy; it was sponsored by the Seventh Day Adventists, who encouraged a vegetarian diet.

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From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.



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